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COURSE TITLE: Business Ethics
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Gordon T. Preston, B.Ed., Dip.C.S., M.B.A, EdD
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will emphasize that all business decisions have significant ethical content. It will explore the varied history of incorporating ethics into or attempting to eliminate it from business. The contemporary ethical challenges in the conduct of business will be examined from a Christian viewpoint and compared with other ethical stances. It is intended to help students develop and refine an ethical framework.

Prerequisites: PHIL 230 and BUSI 339, 370, 396
  • Kissick, W. Peter, Business Ethics: Concepts, Cases and Canadian Perspectives Toronto, ON Edmond Montgormery, 2012
  • Sharp, David J. ed Cases in Business Ethics Thousand Oaks, Sage 2006
  • Other readings and cases as assigned.
Seminar Presentation & Class Discussion or Case Discussion35%
In-class Case Discussion30%
Personal Ethics Statement10%
Individual case analysis25%
COURSE OBJECTIVES: Students will be able to:
  • Articulate meta-ethical theories
  • Demonstrate familiarity with scriptural, historical and contemporary perspectives on business ethics
  • Identify and evaluate perspectives and processes in ethical decision making
  • Apply ethical analysis tools to situations
  • Articulate and defend a personal ethical framework
  • Unit 1: Introduction/Overview
  • Unit 2: Introduction to Ethical Theory
  • Unit 3: Critical Thinking
  • Unit 4: Ethical Decision Making
  • Unit 5: Stakeholder Analysis
  • Unit 6: CSR
  • Unit 7: Ethics and Leadership
  • Unit 8: Strategy and Ethical Decision Making
  • Unit 9: Small Business
  • Unit 10: Individual in the Workplace
  • Unit 11: Financial Reporting
  • Unit 12: Marketing Ethics
  • Unit 13: Energy Sector Ethics
  • Unit 14: Health Care Sector

Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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